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WINDY CITY TIMES HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2021

WINDY CITY TIMES HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2021

Yes, it’s that time of the year when it’s especially emphasized that it’s better to give than to receive. With that in mind, here are some items you may want to consider getting that relative, friend or significant other. ...
Yoshi's Cafe to close permanently after Dec. 12

Yoshi's Cafe to close permanently after Dec. 12

Yoshi's Cafe, a Northalsted restaurant that specialized in the fusion of French and Asian cuisines for almost four decades, will close permanently after Dec. 12, The Chicago Tribune reported. "Yoshi's Cafe's last day will be Dec. 12th ...

  News

Remembering Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier

Remembering Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier

Trans Omnibus Project

"And hold that pose for me." That's what Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier's family would hear in the middle of the night, as Ciara was up late voguing, said her sister Lunetta Frazier. "We definitely miss her, ...
Remembering Tyianna Alexander

Remembering Tyianna Alexander

Trans Omnibus Project

Chicagoan Tyianna Alexander, also known as Davarea Alexander, was the first trans woman to die by murder in the city in 2021. She was 28. Alexander was shot to death the morning of Jan. 6 at the 800 block of West ...
Remembering T.T. Saffore

Remembering T.T. Saffore

Trans Omnibus Project

Jaliyah Armstrong can still remember how brightly T.T. Saffore smiled. "Silly T.T.," Armstrong called her. Saffore's "magic" that jokester smile would bring Armstrong solace regardless of what was going on around them. ...
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HRC Foundation, SAGE launch guide for LGBTQ+ elders seeking affirming long-term care

--From a press release

WASHINGTON Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, and SAGE, the world's ...
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NBJC, for 18th anniversary, gives micro-grants to Black LGBTQ+/SGL Youth-serving groups

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC In celebration of the 18th anniversary since its founding, the National Black Justice Coalition will provide tens of thousands of microgrants to youth-serving organizations supporting Black LGBTQ+ ...
HIV AT 40: Longtime advocate Gregg Gonsalves talks activist roots, Larry Kramer and COVID

HIV AT 40: Longtime advocate Gregg Gonsalves talks activist roots, Larry Kramer and COVID

When it comes to dealing with HIV/AIDS, few people have been on the front lines—in the areas of activism, research and instruction—like Gregg Gonsalves. Gonsalves, a MacArthur fellow, is an expert in policy modeling on infectious ...
Queer players of color explore gender, sexuality through role-playing games at NU

Queer players of color explore gender, sexuality through role-playing games at NU

All of the characters Akbar creates have a similar background: They are intensely asexual, visibly South Asian and around Akbar's age. Sometimes the characters dress like Akbar, too. Akbar uses these characters for Tabletop Club, a ...
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COVID First omicron case in Illinois documented

The coronavirus' omicron variant was detected for the first time in Illinois in a Chicago resident, The Chicago Tribune reported. The identification took place almost two weeks after discovery of the new variant first reported by ...
Remembering Paige Clay

Remembering Paige Clay

Trans Omnibus Project

Paige Clay could turn anything into a runway. One time, she strutted up and down the middle of a street, feet sashaying on the yellow lines and cars driving past her in both directions. The wind ...
Remembering Tiffany Gooden

Remembering Tiffany Gooden

Trans Omnibus Project

When Tiffany Gooden was killed in August 2012, she was only 19 years old. Almost a decade later, her murder remains unsolved but there's more to her than the details of her death, according to her friends ...
Remembering Tiara Richmond/Keke Collier

Remembering Tiara Richmond/Keke Collier

Trans Omnibus Project

Tiara Richmond, also known as Keke Collier, was killed on Feb. 21, 2017, after being shot while sitting in a car with a man in Englewood. She was only 24 years old and was the second Black transgender woman killed in ...
Remembering Tiara Banks

Remembering Tiara Banks

Trans Omnibus Project

On April 21, 2021, transgender woman Tiara Banks was killed in her car in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. According to local news reports, Banks, 24, was sitting alone in her Ford Fusion when a ...
Remembering Courtney Eshay Key

Remembering Courtney Eshay Key

Trans Omnibus Project

Courtney Eshay Key, 25, was a loyal and outspoken friend. She loved to make jokes, wear colorful wigs and invite friends to cook for her. In late 2020, she confided to a friend at a party that she was ready to ...
Remembering Dejanay Stanton

Remembering Dejanay Stanton

Trans Omnibus Project

Although Darius Stanton had not seen his sister, Dejanay, in 12 years, he can clearly remember how Dejanay's laugh would fill up a room. It would echo and bounce off the walls. He remembers how infectious ...
Remembering Selena Reyes-Hernandez

Remembering Selena Reyes-Hernandez

Trans Omnibus Project

Selena Reyes-Hernandez, 37, lived on the Southwest Side of Chicago in the Marquette Park neighborhood. She was an artist and used the stage name Selene Maldonado. In the early hours of May 31, 2020, an 18-year-old ...
Remembering Chicagoans lost to anti-trans violence

Remembering Chicagoans lost to anti-trans violence

Intro to the Chicago Reader/Windy City Times Trans Omnibus Project

Transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) Chicagoans have not escaped the epidemic of violence that has faced so many TGNC people in the United States. A group of Windy City Times fellows, as part of a project ...
Advocates: Black, Latinx trans women vulnerable to violence; holistic approach needed

Advocates: Black, Latinx trans women vulnerable to violence; holistic approach needed

Trans Omnibus Project

At least 48 trans or gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people have been murdered in the United States in 2021, making it the deadliest year on record for that demographic, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Most of the ...
Chile's political houses approve marriage equality by landslide margin

Chile's political houses approve marriage equality by landslide margin

Chile approved marriage-equality legislation in a landslide vote on Dec. 7, NPR reported. Both houses of Chile's Congress authorized the measure with overwhelming majorities, making it the eighth Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage, as ...
Chicago Travel & Adventure Show taking place Feb. 5-6

Chicago Travel & Adventure Show taking place Feb. 5-6

The 17th annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show will take place Feb. 5-6 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont. Travel enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with travel experts to help ...
COVID Chicago's Dec. 7 travel advisory adds two states and D.C.

COVID Chicago's Dec. 7 travel advisory adds two states and D.C.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) added two states—North Carolina and Tennessee—and the District of Columbia to its weekly COVID-19 travel advisory on Dec. 7, as daily COVID case rates across much of the country ...
Webber cleared of criminal charges in spring incident

Webber cleared of criminal charges in spring incident

Criminal charges against business owner Christy Webber that arose from an alleged altercation on the West Side this past spring have been dropped. Webber, a prominent LGBTQ+ activist who also owns Christy Webber Landscapes and Christy ...
State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz to be honored by National Council of Jewish Women

State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz to be honored by National Council of Jewish Women

--From a press release

CHICAGO — On Dec. 8, 2021, Illinois state Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) will be honored with the Hannah G. Solomon award by the Chicago chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. This award recognizes achievement ...
Biden announces diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

Biden announces diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

The Biden administration will not send an official U.S. delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, starting a "diplomatic boycott" aimed at criticizing China over what the United States said is the Asian ...
Omicron COVID variant in almost one-third of states

Omicron COVID variant in almost one-third of states

Health officials said the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has spread to about one-third of U.S. states—but the Delta version is involved in the majority of COVID-19 infections as cases rise nationwide, Reuters reported. Though the ...
Jussie Smollett takes stand on own behalf, alleges bathhouse visit with witness

Jussie Smollett takes stand on own behalf, alleges bathhouse visit with witness

On Dec. 6, former Empire actor Jussie Smollett testified in his own defense that he paid $3,500 to a friend for a fitness plan for him, not to arrange a fake hate-crime beating on himself, The ...
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SPORTS Bears fall to Cardinals; Blackhawks win

—The Chicago Bears fell to 4-8, thanks to a 33-22 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field on Dec. 5. The Bears offense committed turnovers on its first two possessions and the defense allowed touchdowns ...
WORLD Court rulings, Dutch apology, trans candidates win, Global Black Pride

WORLD Court rulings, Dutch apology, trans candidates win, Global Black Pride

Botswana's Court of Appeal upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalized gay sex, effectively striking off two sections of the penal code that had outlawed homosexuality, according to Reuters. Before the 2019 High Court ruling, which was ...
NATIONAL Trans murder milestone, Victory Fund, Matthew Shepard, Palm Center

NATIONAL Trans murder milestone, Victory Fund, Matthew Shepard, Palm Center

Nikai David was fatally shot in Oakland, California—becoming at least the 50th trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming person reported killed in the United States in 2021, PGHLesbian.com noted. Forty-four of the victims have been BIPOC, and ...
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SPORTS Bulls, Blackhawks victorious in Dec. 2 games

—DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points as the Chicago Bulls improved to 15-8 with a 119-115 win over the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic each added 27 as the Bulls ...
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Indiana victim of serial killer ID'd 40 years after being found

A 19-year-old from Jasper County, Indiana, has been identified as a victim of serial killer Larry Eyler—nearly 40 years after the victim died, ABC 7 Chicago reported. The remains of William Joseph Lewis of Peru, Indiana, ...
Billie Jean King to receive Muhammad Ali Award on Dec. 7

Billie Jean King to receive Muhammad Ali Award on Dec. 7

Tennis icon Billie Jean King will be honored with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award presented by Alkaline88 at the 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The honor celebrates individuals whose dedication to the ideals ...
Canada's House of Commons unanimously votes to ban conversion therapy

Canada's House of Commons unanimously votes to ban conversion therapy

Canada's House of Commons voted unanimously to ban so-called LGBT conversion therapy, the BBC reported. The legislation would make it illegal to have a child undergo the practice or have anyone unwillingly undergo it. Conversion therapy—which ...

  Entertainment

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MUSIC Out saxophonist Dave Koz talks about his newest 'Christmas Tour'

Another sure sign that the holiday season is back on track is when Dave Koz, the famed saxophonist who's a member of the LGBTQ community, embarks on his annual tour. This year, his "Dave Koz &
...
Local benefit concert celebrates love and freedom

Local benefit concert celebrates love and freedom

The concertmaster of the Momentum Chamber Orchestra lifted her bow high and slowly brought it back down. As the bow's feathers pressed against the strings of her instrument, its gentle shrill echoed inside the small, packed ...
U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids reaches marginalized communities with children's book

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids reaches marginalized communities with children's book

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids' children's book, Sharice's Big Voice, tells the story of how an Indigenous lesbian mixed martial artist and lawyer became the first LGBTQ+ representative of Kansas. "My hope is that when children or ...
Latine queer filmmaker Rios never saw himself in shows, so created his own

Latine queer filmmaker Rios never saw himself in shows, so created his own

In the new web series Self Ctrl, it's 29-year-old Nicky's birthday and he'll cry, laugh and fall apart if he wants to. Self Ctrl spans seven episodes, and the finale dropped Nov. 29. But the entire show ...
Autistic ChicanIndia queer artist Sabrina Zarco discusses creative process

Autistic ChicanIndia queer artist Sabrina Zarco discusses creative process

Sabrina Zarco is a ChicanIndia queer femme multi-media artist. She is also an activist, poet, cultural worker and community educator. Her visual artwork, or "artivist work," as Zarco calls it on her website, documents stories often ...
ART Wrightwood 659 exhibits extended into 2022

ART Wrightwood 659 exhibits extended into 2022

Two exhibitions currently on view at Wrightwood 659—a private, non-collecting institution at 659 W. Wrightwood Ave. devoted to socially engaged art and to architecture—will be extended through Feb. 26, 2022. "Romanticism to Ruin: Two Lost Works ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I would literally walk around naked in public all the time, at least for that day. …. I just wouldn't wear clothes. I wouldn't care how cold it would be." Dustin Lance Black reveals what he would ...
SHOWBIZ Gaga/Bennett, 'House of Gucci,' Leslie Jordan, Murray Hill, Lil Nas X

SHOWBIZ Gaga/Bennett, 'House of Gucci,' Leslie Jordan, Murray Hill, Lil Nas X

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MTV announced that the special MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga will air on the music network Thursday, Dec. 16, according to out.com. The performance, which was filmed in New York earlier this year, features ...
THEATER Michael Dalke makes Pretty Woman: The Musical happy and gay

THEATER Michael Dalke makes Pretty Woman: The Musical happy and gay

The fairy-tale story of Pretty Woman was brought to life as a musical by openly gay theater director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell in 2018. He debuted the original production of Pretty Woman: The Musical premiered in Chicago at ...
Moises Kaufman takes audiences to 'Paradise'

Moises Kaufman takes audiences to 'Paradise'

Paradise Square is a new musical that opened in Chicago last month at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. This is based on a true story set in New York City in 1863, when Black and Irish immigrants lived together in a ...
Hell in a Handbag Productions to present Christmas Dearest Nov. 27-Dec. 31

Hell in a Handbag Productions to present Christmas Dearest Nov. 27-Dec. 31

--From a press release

CHICAGO (December 2, 2021) Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to continue its 20th anniversary season with the return of one of its most popular holiday musicals: Christmas Dearest, featuring book and lyrics by ...

  Outlines

Chicago queer hair artists carve out safe spaces to cut and style hair

Chicago queer hair artists carve out safe spaces to cut and style hair

When Blue Line Barbers moved locations, Talia Roxit immediately knew which barber chair she wanted to claim: the one closest to the window. "It's not that I want the attention, but I want to draw in ...
Chicago Red Stars sign multiyear contracts with U.S. Women's National Team players

Chicago Red Stars sign multiyear contracts with U.S. Women's National Team players

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL. (Dec. 6, 2021) — United States Women's National Team (USWNT) players Tierna Davidson, Casey Krueger, Alyssa Naeher and Mallory Pugh have signed multi-year contracts with the Chicago Red Stars. All players will be par ...
Minoso elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Minoso elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

On Dec. 5, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso was one of four players the Golden Days Era Committee selected for induction, NBC Chicago noted. Along with Minoso (1925-2015), ...
SAVOR Sweetwater Tavern & Grille

SAVOR Sweetwater Tavern & Grille

The popular Loop spot Sweetwater Tavern & Grille which specializes in contemporary U.S. cuisine, and which is part of the Bottleneck Management stable of restaurants has a lot going for it. First, there are the views of the ...
WINDY CITY TIMES HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2021

WINDY CITY TIMES HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2021

Yes, it’s that time of the year when it’s especially emphasized that it’s better to give than to receive. With that in mind, here are some items you may want to consider getting that relative, friend or significant other. ...
Yoshi's Cafe to close permanently after Dec. 12

Yoshi's Cafe to close permanently after Dec. 12

Yoshi's Cafe, a Northalsted restaurant that specialized in the fusion of French and Asian cuisines for almost four decades, will close permanently after Dec. 12, The Chicago Tribune reported. "Yoshi's Cafe's last day will be Dec. 12th ...
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Chicago Red Stars announce roster moves ahead of expansion draft

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL. (Dec. 2, 2021)—The Chicago Red Stars announced a number of roster moves ahead of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) expansion draft. The moves prioritize and honor the wishes of select players, while also ...





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